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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 28 Sep 1894

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p.1 General Paragraphs - Today Capt. John Donnelly, sr., left to go to the str. Magnet, in a marsh on the river St. Lawrence. The wrecker will advise the best method to release the boat.

The str. Nile and barge Isis arrived from Deseronto.

The schr. Annandale cleared for Charlotte to load coal.


Hit Ground In The Long Sault And Beached.

[Montreal Star]

Cornwall, Sept. 27th - The steamer Magnet struck in the Long Sault rapids above this place, on her down trip today. She was run into a rush bed at the south side of Barnhart's island and pumps started.

The Magnet is an R. & O. boat, making weekly trips between Toronto and Montreal, carrying freight and passengers. There was no loss of life attending the accident. The boat is securely beached and thus prevented from sinking. Aid will have to be sent her to extricate the Magnet from her present position. Barnhart's Island, several miles above Cornwall, lies midway in the river between the north and south banks. The Magnet was in the south channel of the Long Sault rapids when the accident took place.

The first passage of the Long Sault was made in 1840, then considered a perilous feat even under an Indian's expert guidance. The water rushes along at the rate of twenty miles an hour, and all steam shut off. The rapids of the Long Sault are nine miles long, and divided by a series of islands of which Barnhart's, where the Magnet is ashore is the principal. The passage for steamers is on the south side. Forty minutes is the time allowed for the passage of these rapids, and extra men have to be put at the wheel and tiller and elsewhere to ensure the boat's steadiness in passing through this rush of water.

The Magnet's position is about six miles west of here. The pumps are kept working and the steamer is still afloat.

The passengers, about thirty in number, will be taken ashore in small boats, as no steamers are available now. The steamer Passport passed about two o'clock, but as the current at the spot where the Magnet lies beached, is terribly swift, she was unable to round to and take the passengers aboard. Preparations will be made to clear the Magnet and dock her at Cornwall, where temporary repairs will enable her to reach Montreal.

Marine Paragraphs.

The barge Maggie has left Davis' dry-dock after receiving repairs.

The steambarge Nichol cleared for Oswego with lumber last night.

The tug Ferris arrived up the canal with three barges of lumber for Oswego last night.

The str. Rideau Belle brought a quantity of mica from Perth this morning for Marshall Fair to be used in making a walk around his place.

The schr. Baltic arrived in today and Joseph Hackett has a gang unloading her. The Fabiola was also unloaded today. The Annie Minnes is looked for today.

The prop. Rhoda Emily arrived in at eleven o'clock yesterday morning with 34,500 bushels of wheat. One elevator was placed in her. At five o'clock in the afternoon she was on her way to Oswego. This was pretty quick work.

The str. Cibola arrived down from Toronto yesterday afternoon and will go in the government dry-dock for inspection. The str. Chippewa, belonging to the same line, and whose route also lies between Toronto and Niagara, will also be down for the same purpose.

The str. Hall is in with 28,000 bushels of wheat for Richardson & Sons. The steamer was unloaded into barges by the M.T. Co.'s elevators as the legs of Richardson's elevator were not adapted to this style of boat. The barges were then unloaded at Richardson's.

The tug Thomson has had the misfortune to break another wheel. The water is very low in the canals and the tug has had great luck in hitting old sunken logs and rocks. Every time she breaks a wheel it means about $500 to the M.T. Co. counting docking and labor.

This year the western business of the mail line has been exceptionally good; in fact, in excess of any year for the past fifteen years. There has never been a single boat arriving in Montreal with less than 100 passengers on board, and at times the number was as high as 400. A statement shows the gross earnings of the company from the opening of navigation till Sept. 22nd to have been $599,870.06 against $487,395.40 for the same period of last year, being an increase for this year of $112,476.66. The net earnings for the same time showed over ten per cent on the capital which is now $350,000.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 28 Sep 1894